Italian birthday cake, 2015

My family of origin had some family traditions, but they were few. One that has made it to the present is the Italian Rum Cake birthday cake tradition. My brother's birthday and mine are about a month apart. We both love Italian Rum Cakes. My family? His family? Um, not so much. Okay, they hate … Continue reading Italian birthday cake, 2015


A very interesting book

Breaking Bread: Recipes and Stories from Immigrant Kitchens by Lynne Christy Anderson My rating: 4 of 5 stars I was mostly interested in the story told by the immigrant from Italy, and I was not disappointed. The woman's words were very compelling to me. She talked about the difference between growing up in Italian culture, … Continue reading A very interesting book

National Cupcake Day

I just got this in under the wire...I can't believe that I didn't know it was National Cupcake Day today! I must be pretty darned distracted to miss this. I'm not even in any position right now to bake or obtain a cupcake to consume, so I must celebrate vicariously through Thoughts of Cupcakes Past. … Continue reading National Cupcake Day

Making Gingerbread Houses

I admit it: prior to yesterday I was a Gingerbread House Virgin. Through twenty-plus years of motherhood, I'd managed to avoid ever baking, never mind decorating, a gingerbread house. The desire just was not there. I couldn't have been less interested. Then something incredible happened: I wanted to make one.  Something shifted inside me and … Continue reading Making Gingerbread Houses

Baking healthy

No, that's not an oxymoron...or is it? I set out to bake some muffins that wouldn't comprise my total recommended caloric consumption for the entire day. It has not been an easy row to hoe (or is it 'road'?  Whatever).  First of all, I have a husband who will always tell me exactly what he thinks of … Continue reading Baking healthy

Somethin’ Sweet Bakery in Sanford

Maybe it's Sunday afternoon and 86 degrees and the last thing in the world you want to do is hang around the house with your cranky kids, since you yourself are very cranky. Here's an idea:, put the kids in the car and drive over to Somethin' Sweet Bakery, 883 Main Street Suite 1 … Continue reading Somethin’ Sweet Bakery in Sanford

Date night: afternoon movie

We haven't had a babysitter in a while so we decided to watch a movie at home. Next up in the Netflix Queue was The Company Men. We found out about this movie from the preview of another movie (don't ask me which one).  I was surprised to know that it was a relatively recent … Continue reading Date night: afternoon movie

All things cupcake

My friend Charlotte asked me a question today: " Who has the best cupcakes?" On the surface, it seems an easy enough question, right?  Wrong! I tried to apply my "Keep it simple" philosophy to this question but found I was not able to. I mean, come on! So here goes my attempt to answer … Continue reading All things cupcake

The day I ate whatever I wanted…Part One

What better day to do so than on your birthday? That was my thought process anyway.  As I started planning my day's meals ahead of time, I recalled reading about this in a book by Elizabeth Berg, entitled (appropriately) The Day I Ate Whatever I Wanted. I was a little disappointed that the whole book wasn't … Continue reading The day I ate whatever I wanted…Part One

Cakewalk in the cube

The planets somehow aligned last week. That's the only explanation that I can come up with for this phenomenon that occurred at my place of employment. Are we a restaurant? A cafe? A bakery? No. We are an office full of nurses. Yet we  had 4 (count 'em) cakes to share during the work week. … Continue reading Cakewalk in the cube